Station-Based Rotation Model

Time on technology: ~150 minutes

This station-based rotational model for 1:1 classes provides students with multiple opportunities to collaborate, receive small group instruction, and practice close reading and writing skills. Similar to the rotational model for shared devices, students start with a Direct Instruction lesson to introduce a key skill or concept (teacher-led with devices or self-paced).

As students begin to work on the Applied Reading and Writing lesson, they will engage with a personal connection and read the text independently. In a rotational model, students will collaborate with peers on academic vocabulary practice, meet in small groups with their teacher, engage in collaborative discussions about the key question, and continue to work on close reading and pre-write drafting. The final day, students will complete their writing.

Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

Session 1 Session 2 and Session 3 Session 4
ThinkCERCA Steps

40 minutes

Direct Instruction Lesson, Personal Connection and Reading with Comprehension Check

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 1-2)

40 minutes each day

Vocabulary, Close Reading and Writing, Argument Builder

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 3-5)

40 minutes

Create CERCA or Narrative Final Draft

(Applied Reading and Writing step 6)
Student Tasks
  • Teacher-led direct instruction with online comprehension check in small groups.
  • Students rotate through four stations to focus on: (1) teacher-led skill review, (2) close reading and writing, (3) vocabulary practice, (4) Socratic debate.
  • Students complete their formal writing.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction. Teacher leads skill review for one small group at a time.

Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

Session 1
ThinkCERCA Steps Direct Instruction Lesson, Personal Connection and Reading with Comprehension Check

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 1-2)
Student Tasks

40 minutes

  1. Teacher-led direct instruction with online comprehension check in small groups.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction.
Session 2 and Session 3
ThinkCERCA Steps Vocabulary, Close Reading and Writing, Argument Builder

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 3-5)
Student Tasks

40 minutes each day

  1. Students rotate through four stations to focus on: (1) teacher-led skill review, (2) close reading and writing, (3) vocabulary practice, (4) Socratic debate.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads skill review for one small group at a time.
Session 4
ThinkCERCA Steps Create CERCA or Narrative Final Draft

(Applied Reading and Writing step 6)
Student Tasks

40 minutes

  1. Students complete their formal writing.
Classroom Setup

Our Advice

Successful Working Conditions

  • Create a set of norms and routines for the rotational model.

Best Practices

  • Pre-select and plan ThinkCERCA sets as aligned to core classroom curriculum.
  • Makes explicit connections with ThinkCERCA skills and themes.

Relevant Resources

Notes

About this Schedule

  • This station-based rotational model is highly recommended for ensuring that students spend quality small group instruction time with the teacher while working independently on other core literacy tasks.
  • Teachers should scaffold this model with explicit classroom management by setting norms and expectations for students at each station (and reinforce these expectations throughout the lesson).

Customizable

  • Please use this model as a guide and feel free to adapt certain elements to fit your classroom's structure.
  • Schools with premium ThinkCERCA accounts are paired with a dedicated School Success Manager who can develop unique models based on individual needs. Get in touch with a ThinkCERCA representative if you'd like to learn more.